Latin America

Latin America for Lovers

written by | Posted on June 1st, 2010

The Latin America honeymoon experience includes upscale country inns with sybaritic spas and gourmet restaurants; mountain lodges with volcano views and private hot tubs; jungle lodges with rainforest showers; and seaside hideaways, as well as capital city treats awaiting honeymooners who relish urban pleasures and treasures.

faena hotel + universeRichly red and opulent, sleekly white and contemporary, and designed by Philippe Starck, the Faena Hotel + Universe in Buenos Aires, is a rather lavish but lots-of-fun, almost resort-within-a-city style lodging. Cocooned in the shell of a red-brick former grain silo, its rooms are oversized and plush, with enormous bathrooms and a home entertainment center; the spa has Turkish hammams and sauna; the outdoor pool draws a lively society set; and El Mercado—one of two restaurants—serves Argentine specialties. Additionally, the hotel’s setting in the old port with walkways, shops and restaurants along the water add up to a very pleasant place to be. No wonder Argentina’s richest woman, Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat, built a museum here for her fabulous collection of Latin American art. What we love is Faena’s version of a personal concierge, the “Experience Manager,” who will be just the person to ask how to snare a ringside seat at a cafe on Plaza Durango for the Sunday flea market when tango dancers perform on every corner. Also, the hotel’s nightly “Rojo Tango” show is considered about tops in town. An attractive Honeymoon package comes with accommodations and breakfast in a Porteño Suite, en-suite champagne and chocolates, a lovers’ bath and massage at the spa, dinner in the elegant El Bistro, private city tour, daily yoga and meditation classes, use of SpaGym, and roundtrip airport transfers. The cost for three nights is $3,300, with other room and suite options available.

the algodons Newlyweds have a chance to begin a new life together at two deluxe and delicious havens: the new Algodon Mansion, occupying a historic building, and the Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza, offering a 2-stop honeymoon in Argentina. Located in Buenos Aires’ Recoleta quarter, the Mansion features 10 spacious suites with state-of-the-art luxuries, including 24-hour butler and concierge service, a fine dining restaurant, library bar, covered outside patio and fireplace, rooftop pool, sauna and a spa. And the piece de resistance—a waterfall splashing from the roof to the ground floor lobby. In the wine cellar, honeymooners taste the fruits of the vine from the Mansion’s sister Algodon Wine Estates in Mendoza. The Estates’ lodges were inspired by the traditional Argentine estancia and feature beautiful suites with outdoor patio, and large bathrooms with wine therapy bath products. Guests also enjoy the pool, restaurant, 18-hole golf course, driving range and tennis courts. The 6-night Algodon Honeymoon package includes 3-night accommodations in the Algodon Mansion in a Recoleta Suite, daily breakfast, and special occasion amenities (rooftop evening cocktails, private tango lesson, rose petal bath, en-suite massage for two, champagne nightcap, dinner for two at the elegant Chez Nous restaurant); transfers on arrival from both the airport in Buenos Aires and in Mendoza; 3-night accommodations in a Master Suite, daily breakfast, champagne in-room on arrival, a candlelit dinner, in-room couple’s massage, personal winery tour and tasting with Estates’ sommelier. Rate is $3,600.

the coppola connection Consider combining the two luxurious resorts of Francis Ford Coppola into one memorable honeymoon in Belize, showcasing the highlands and the Caribbean on a week-long package. The magical and romantic pairing is highland Blancaneaux Lodge, with beachside Turtle Inn. While in the Mountain Pine Forest Preserve, tuck into a Blancaneaux honeymoon cabana with open-air baths and waterfall views, and soothe the body and soul in the spa. At the seaside and stunning Turtle Inn, clients can relax in a beautifully appointed Honeymoon Cottage with private garden and outdoor shower, plus an interior Japanese bath. While here, go diving or snorkeling along the western hemisphere’s largest barrier reef, go bicycling, kayaking, fishing or sailing off on a sunset cruise. Priced from $5,513 per couple, the 7-night Honeymoon package features three nights in the Honeymoon Cabana at Blancaneaux Lodge and four nights in the Honeymoon Suite at Turtle Inn, with a chilled bottle of sparkling wine on arrival at each resort. At Blancaneaux, other inclusions are a canoe trip to Barton Creek cave, a full-day 4WD excursion to the Mayan citadel of Caracol and the Rio Frio cave and transfers from Belize International Airport, and from the lodge to Turtle Inn. Other features of the package at Turtle Inn are all breakfasts and lunches, plus two dinners at the Mare Restaurant and one dinner at the beachfront Gauguin Grill, a full-day snorkel trip and a full-day Monkey River trip, and on departure, transfers from Turtle Inn to the Placencia Airport and one-way domestic air from Placencia to Belize City.